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Benefits of Restorative Yoga for Menopause Symptoms

Updated: Jan 17

Every woman's experience of the menopause is different and the way the symptoms manifest can be very different but the causes , the huge shift in hormones production and as a result of the shift the stress on the endocrine system can make this transition a challenging time.

What can you do?

A slower more rejuvenating practice commonly known as Restorative Yoga is being increasingly recognised as a practice to help soothe and calm symptoms. The NHS suggest this yoga to support the body holistically and research is showing that a restorative yoga practice can indeed help reduce and ease menopause symptoms.

A targeted practice is key. The stillness of Restorative Yoga where the focus is on letting your body be held by props releasing the urge to hold your body but letting it drop and relax into props is key. The slow and deep breathing used in this practice is another key to helping you release and reduce menopause symptoms - the anxiety, agitation, irritability, tension, hot flushes. Recent research states that deeper slow breathing can cut hot slushes by 44 %. The holding of the poses ( 10 mins) and letting the weight of your body be held by props is the final key with the longer held pauses helping to calm the nervous system and in turn ensure that the endocrine system (which regulates hormones) is functioning at its optimum. Why not give is a go and see if it can help you.

Give it a Try

In your day to day activities try incorporating some slower deeper breathing and if you practice yoga bring some props into your 'normal' practice. Look into a Restorative Yoga pose or two, try it and see if it can help you with your energy slumps, irritability, and hot flushes.

What can you expect from a Restorative Yoga Class

The style of yoga is passive and nourishing. It is all about slowing down , taking a pause and letting go. It is a restful practice that holds poses longer than other styles of yoga. In a typical session the teacher will guide you through 4-6 restful poses and your body will be supported by folded blankets, bolsters and cushions encouraging you to let go, to release holding and tension whilst focusing on your breath. During a session a teacher can incorporate meditations , earthing music and deeper breathing techniques to help you to truly relax. The practice is both calming and energising for both body and mind. If you do struggle to let go there are many other techniques a teacher will incorporate into the session so everyone in the class leaves feeling both renewed and restored. A practice is suitable for all levels from beginners to more advanced students.

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